Gunnison Valley Health Foundation Partners
The mission and vision of Gunnison Valley Health Foundation relies heavily
upon partnerships with a variety of local, state, and national organizations.
We are extremely grateful to all of our partners including:
The Center for Mental Health
The Center for Mental Health is a key partnership in enabling Gunnison
Valley Health to integrate a Behavioral Health specialist into our primary
care clinic at the Family Medicine Clinic. In the summer of 2016, Gunnison
Valley Health hired Lorie Fuller in partnership with the Center for Mental
Health to provide counseling and behavioral health support to patients.
The Center for Mental Health has been providing behavioral health services
in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties
They are a 501(c)(3) organization and are governed by a board of directors
representative of the area served.
The Center for Mental Health can be found online at
Tough Enough to Wear Pink
Great things are happening at Gunnison Valley Health. We are excited to
announce the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Breast Care Services”
at Gunnison Valley Health. As a result of the generous support of Tough
Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) and the vision of legendary songwriter Dean
Dillon, Gunnison Valley Health is expanding services so our patients can
receive more of the care they need right here in the Valley. In addition
to digital mammography, patients can receive further detection and diagnosis
with ultrasound, biopsies conducted, and much of their oncology and rehabilitation
here at home, preventing the need to travel to other hospitals.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink has generously donated the major equipment that
makes these expanded services possible. In addition to the digital mammography
machine they donated, TETWP purchased the latest in ultrasound technology
for the health system this year. Following an abnormal mammogram, the
ultrasound technology provides a clearer picture of breast tissue, and
a more accurate diagnosis without delay. In the first month of utilizing
the ultrasound, three women were able to have their mammogram followed
up with ultrasound, giving them a definite answer and relieving concern.
Gunnison Valley Health is investing in this commitment with TETWP. In
the summer of 2014, Gunnison Valley Health hired Dr. Stephania Timothy,
a general surgeon, who provides expertise in breast cancer and breast
care and prevention. Dr. Timothy provides medical direction for TETWP
Breast Care Services. Gunnison Valley Health is bringing in vacuum assisted
and stereotactic technology, which works with the ultrasound to provide
better, more exact tissue sampling and more accurate pathology reports.
Additionally, Gunnison Valley Health has purchased a computer aided system
that better detects issues in women with dense breasts. Mammography alone
proves only 50% effective in detecting issues in these patients. This
technology will increase our detection ability for patients with dense
breast tissue, who are twice as likely to develop breast cancer.
In the winter of 2016, Gunnison Valley Health hired an Oncology Nurse Navigator
to assist with patients undergoing cancer treatment. The nurse navigator
walks alongside patients and assist in any way possible, from providing
information on financial counseling to helping with scheduling. Part of
the funding for the Gunnison Valley Health Oncology Nurse Navigator position
has been generously provided by TETWP.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink, and the equipment they have generously donated,
allows Gunnison Valley Health to expand the services we can provide to
our patients. The TETWP Breast Care Services, the Gunnison Valley Health
Oncology Services and Rehabilitation Department, together allow us to
provide greater health care to our community in the Gunnison Valley and
our visitors. And we will continue to grow! The goal of the Tough Enough
to Wear Pink collaboration with Gunnison Valley Health, says Dean Dillon,
is for Gunnison Valley Health to “become the best small hospital
in the country for breast care and breast cancer care.” Thanks to
the generosity of TETWP and the commitment of Gunnison Valley Health we
are on our way.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) generously supports healthcare in the Gunnison Valley by partnering with
Gunnison Valley Health to offer financial assistance for mammograms. Residents
of Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties (Lake City) whose doctors have recommended
mammograms can benefit from TETWP assistance.
First, patients must visit their healthcare provider (patients without
a regular health care provider may contact the
Public Health offices, who will refer them to a physician). If the physician determines the
need for a mammogram, he or she will fill out an order (or prescription)
for a mammogram. Patients may then take the order to Patient Financial
Services at Gunnison Valley Health, who will provide vouchers for those in need.
Please note that qualifying for a mammogram or diagnostic breast imaging
service is at the physician’s discretion. Your physician will factor
age, family history, and personal history into his or her decision. Vouchers
will only be given to patients with a doctor's prescription.
Click here to read more about our Tough Enough to Wear Pink partner
Click here to read more about how we partnered with TETWP to enhance breast care services in the
In addition to the Center for Mental Health and Tough Enough to Wear Pink,
the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation is grateful to the following organizations
for their past partnerships.
Gunnison Valley Health Foundation
711 North Taylor Street | Gunnison, CO 81230 | 970-641-8406 | (970)641-7239 (Fax)